Monument to Sound
1936 Raymond Jonson Born: Chariton, Iowa 1891 Died: Albuquerque, New Mexico 1982 pencil on paper mounted on fiberboard sheet: 20 5/8 x 26 1/8 in. (52.4 x 66.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration 1985.65.21 Not currently on view
The lines and shapes of Monument to Sound suggest an interior space where sound waves take visible form, a sanctuary for the imagination. The artist explained his dedication to abstraction based on science and spiritual values: “Around us we have realism, strife, pain, and greed. I wish to present the other side of life, namely the feeling of order, joy, and freedom. By setting up my own plastic means I can at least thrill to the attempt of establishing some fundamental principles that are universal and enduring.”
Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009
New Deal - Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project
paper - wove paper
About Raymond Jonson
Born: Chariton, Iowa 1891 Died: Albuquerque, New Mexico 1982
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